Step into the dark, satirical world of David Shrigley’s mind. The Glasgow-based artist epitomises the contemporary collide between adult humour and child-like frivolity with his deliberately simple and tragicomical style. Life and Life Drawing exhibits a vast compilation of Shrigley’s most recent works – including drawings, paintings, sculpture, animated videos and more. In his first major Australian show, Shrigley takes his audience along a journey of everyday life in all its banal and chaotic glory. Each room features something even more captivating than the last. Moving through, a pattern of purposeful crudity and human dysfunction emerges; it saturates the hundreds of images and installations plastered on the walls and floor. Indeed, the exhibition is a living, breathing experience. It ruptures the traditional roles of the gallery space and the viewer, making it far more interactive (and thus engaging) than the usual shows that are strung together at NGV. At the heart of the work itself is the artist’s own sense of humour, stripped back to reveal that the dichotomy of what is absurd or normal, real or imagined, is in the eye of the beholder. Shrigley’s collection stands out, a commanding presence of grim mockery and cynicism that shouts out the things we’re all too afraid to say.
The exhibition is free entry and runs until 1st March 2015 at the National Gallery of Victoria International.